So the classic red lip is a staple across the makeup industry in the western world. I don’t wear makeup most days but when I do I always gravitate towards a red lipstick. This has been somewhat of a popular staple since the turn of the 20th Century, gaining its popularity in the early 1900’s. Interestingly, it was said that the Suffragette movement popularised the makeup trend when they took to the streets to campaign for equal rights, with the end goal being the right to vote.
For the last century women have been using red lipstick as a daily dose of warpaint preparing them to face the day ahead. But what is it that makes red lips such a desirable look?
There is something so wonderfully empowering about taking a red lipstick and going about your day. Red lips are attention grabbing and striking and often will draw a lot of attention. Particular attention to your lips throughout the day is ideal, consequently it draws more attention to the words that come from your mouth. This extra attention is interesting, often people who are deaf become skilled masters at the art of lip reading, and that is just it. The definition to your lips brings attention to the mouth area and further makes people focus intently on your mouth when you talk.
Red lipstick helps people to feel more powerful and empowered to face the day. There is something so iconic and powerful about wearing red lipstick. Something so small and simple can help someone to tackle the day.
“Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together.” This quote from Elizabeth Taylor reminds us that simply fixing yourself up with a good lipstick can really help to turn your entire attitude around. Just think of it as a tube of attitude adjustment.
So put on your war paint and face the day, (Or don’t put any makeup on at all, we don’t need it to validate us) you got this!